For my first post I am going to talk about blackberry wine cake pops. I made these for the Holiday Open House at the Wallach House in Eureka, Missouri. Here is the recipe for the cake:
1 Box of White Cake Mix
1 Box of Blackberry Jello
1/2 a cup of Oil
1 Cup of Blackberry Wine
4 Large Eggs
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup of Butter
1 Cup of Blackberry Wine
Grease your chosen cake pan. Combine all your ingredients and beat until smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Then bake according to the directions on the box. For the glaze melt the butter and combine all the ingredients.
Recipe from Food.com
If you want to thicken the glaze then add more powdered sugar. I simmered my wine, for the glaze, about an hour which helps cook most of the alcohol out of it. Now I will warn you that it's very hard to find an actual blackberry jello, I used a raspberry blackberry jello and it turned out excellent! For the blackberry wine I purchased mine from The Faded Rose in the Wallach House. A great way to infuse more blackberry flavor in this cake is to poke holes in the top with a toothpick and pour the glaze over the top. If you leave this set over night you will not only have a too die for cake but also a supermoist cake! All in all this is a simple yet delicious cake!
I did take my cake one step further and made them into cake pops. If you are a cake pop maker, I used whipped vanilla icing and white chocolate candy coating. Just add your little decoration and your ready for your next girl's night out!
Now in preparation for this event I decided I needed to do a blind taste test to figure out the best way to make the cake pops and get the most blackberry flavor. I had two options a cake infused with the glaze and one with just blackberry wine. The race was close but in the end just wine won the people over! For the cake pops this was perfect. The glaze adds a little too much sweet in combination with the candy coating it was a sugar overload. Now if you are serving the cake I would still suggest using the glaze since you are not adding any extra sugar with candy coating.
Let's talk about my first attempt. It was a failure. I added way too much icing. Unfortunately my first attempt was also my blind taste test. The only saving grace was that I was making cake pops so I was able to coat them in candy coating. But in the end they were juicy which is not what you want when you are serving cake pops. In the end I figured out that I added too much icing, I was able to fix my mistake and the cake pops came out perfect the second time!
I will say this was pretty simple for my first recipe post but just stay tuned for my next post which is my attempt at making angel food cupcakes with raspberry filling from scratch!